MP3.com's demise was one of the big upsets of recent months. We'd all come to expect a free service and they had other ideas, sadly our desire never to have to pay for stuff got the better of them and the doors were shut on December 13th 2003 for good. Or at least that's what everyone thought. As a result of a collaboration between Trusonic (a former division of MP3.com) and Garageband.com - a resource for unsigned bands, means that a huge archive of 1.7 million indie songs has been saved.
"I thought the million song library was lost forever, so I was excited to hear about Trusonic's and GarageBand's plan," said Michael Robertson, CEO of Lindows, Inc. and founder of MP3.com Inc. "I hope this heroic effort to resurrect this unique collection of music succeeds."
Up to 250,000 artists can move their music from Trusonic to Garageband.com, automatically generating new web pages using the Trusonic portion of the content once hosted at www.MP3.com.
Trusonic, formerly a division of MP3.com Inc., uses some of the music giant's song catalog and musicians database in connection with its background music service. After an exhaustive evaluation, Trusonic selected GarageBand as its exclusive partner to offer Trusonic artists additional exposure.
"GarageBand.com provides the award-winning services and exposure that independent musicians deserve," said Dan O'Neill, CTO of Trusonic. "We're delighted to see them offer a new home for this incredible community of musicians and songs."
With a few clicks at http://garageband.com/go/ts4, the approximately 250,000 Trusonic artists who currently participate in the Trusonic Music Program can automatically transfer their music and other content to GarageBand.com, where new web pages will be instantly generated for them, complete with band descriptions and free mp3 downloads.
The arrangement helps GarageBand expand its membership dramatically while letting Trusonic remain focused on providing great music to its business and retail clients. The companies also intend to offer GarageBand's top artists the opportunity for in-store music play and royalty payments.
"Thanks to Trusonic's ingenuity and cooperation, it's a bright day for independent music around the world," said GarageBand CEO Ali Partovi. "Now musicians can have the best of both worlds: free exposure to consumers and royalties from business users."